The Humane Society of Indiana is looking forward to new laws about animal testing in 2023

The Indiana Humane Society is calling on West Lafayette-based pharmaceutical development company Inotiv to release dogs used for testing so they can be put up for adoption.  - Ben Thorpe/WBAA

The Indiana Humane Society is calling on West Lafayette-based pharmaceutical development company Inotiv to release dogs used for testing so they can be put up for adoption.

Ben Thorpe/WBAA

Lawmakers called on the Humane Society of the United States and Indiana for changes to state laws related to the adoption of animals used in pharmaceutical testing at a press conference at the State House on Tuesday.
In April, the Humane Society attempted to turn over signatures to pharmaceutical testing company Inotiv, calling for the release of about 80 dogs used in its laboratories. The appeal follows a recent Humane Society investigation into the company’s Mount Vernon facility, which alleges violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
Inotiv is not alone in experiencing complaints about the treatment of animals in its testing facilities. In May, the Department of Justice and the USDA confiscated about 140 dogs from a lab in Virginia run by a separate testing company, Envigo.
A National Geographic report in 2021 documented the USDA’s reluctance to pursue repeated violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
Samantha Morton is the Indiana State Director for the Humane Society of the United States. She said the beagles used in Inotiv’s tests are slated to be euthanized, and the Humane Society would like to see the animals adopted instead.
“Innotif said they were legally required to kill the dogs at the end of the study, but they did not provide evidence that this was the case,” she said. “We ask them if they don’t release the dogs, just show us what they’re counting on.”
In 2020, the US Food and Drug Administration revised its policy, allowing animals used in experiments to be moved to sanctuaries and sanctuaries.
Morton said she would like to see the state enact more humane animal testing laws during its 2023 cycle, aiming to reduce animal testing overall — and to focus on requirements to adopt animals after testing is complete.
“In fact, 14 states have laws like that on their books,” she said. “Recently the state of Iowa passed a law like that. Really what we’re saying to people is – if we had a law like that, these beagles would now find loving homes instead of sadly being euthanized.”
Inotiv did not respond to the WBAA’s request for comment.

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